Ski Areas in the Chamonix Valley
Brévent is linked to Flegere and is accessed from the Planpraz Gondola which is a 5 minute walk or a 3 minute bus ride from Chamonix centre. Consisting of mostly blue and red pistes, with a couple of green slopes for beginners. A well earned lunch at the amazing and aptly named "Le Panoramic" restaurant is highly recommended. At the end of the day confident skiers & snowboarders can take the "Charles Bozon" black run down to Planpraz and continue skiing on the Savoy slopes to the new La Folie Douce (snow permitting).
Access to Flégère is via the main cable car in the village of Les Praz, a 5 minute drive from Chamonix, or from Brévent via the Liaison lift. The gentle wide open slopes of La Flégère are great for beginners and lower level intermediates; while off-piste skiers and snowboarders love it for the deep powder bowls, steeps, drops and trees. Flégère is also home to the popular La Chavanne piste side apres ski bar - a great place to chill-out in a deck chair and soak up the sun.
This area is certainly the most challenging in the Chamonix Valley but don't let its reputation put you off. Situated in the village of Argentiere, a 15 minute drive from Chamonix, you'll find this a diverse area. From the nursery slopes of Les Chosalets, the wide blues of Marmottons, the steep Bochard red through to the immense Point de Vue black. Add to that the natural moguls of la Herse and the huge powder bowls of the Glacier, Lognan and Combe de la Pendant.
Domaine de Balme - Le Tour & Vallorcine
Le Tour is a 20 minute drive from Chamonix & is an excellent area for skiers & boarders of all abilities. Beginners can enjoy the nursery slopes of La Vormaine, while intermediates can practice their technique on the wide varied pistes that make up the majority of the area. The Vallorcine side of Le Tour offers plenty of off-piste possibilities for advanced skiers & snowboarders and there is a wonderful treeline run all the way down to the village where you can enjoy a well earned lunch at the fabulous Le Cafe Comptoir.
Based in the town of Les Houches this charming ski area a 10 minute drive from Chamonix. It is especially suited to beginners and intermediates with its meandering pistes through the forests. This is the place for those that love piste side lunches. Uniquely, all the restaurants and refuges in the area are privately owned so the area offers excellent variety as well as serving superb food and wine. Les Houches also boasts the World Cup downhill black run, Le Kandahar, where advanced skiers can test their skills and speed.
Evasion Mont Blanc
Included with a 2 days + Mont Blanc Unlimited skipass, skiers and snowboards have access to this vast ski area of 235 runs that includes the resorts of St Gervais, Megève and Les Contamines. Accessed from the Bettex lift in St Gervais the area is a 30 minutes by car from Chamonix. The variety of Evasion Mont Blanc is perfect for families or groups of friends of varying levels.
Fancy a ski away day to Italy? Well just a 20 minute drive through the Mont Blanc tunnels it the stunning Italian ski resort of Courmyeur. Included with the 2 days + Mont Blanc Unlimited skipass, this ski area offers 31 slopes, 18 lifts and 100km of on and off-piste terrain. Here you can enjoy excellent skiing with the family as well as excellent piste side restaurants with delicious Italian pizzas, coffee and bombardinos!
With a 6 days + Mont Blanc Unlimited skipass you can sample the Swiss ski resort of Verbier which is a 1 hour car journey via the Col des Montets. Part of the 4 Vallees, the area boasts 410km of pistes with activities such as ski touring, heli-skiing on world-renowned marked routes.